- a crudely built hut, cabin, or house.
- of, relating to, or constituting a shanty or shanties: a shanty quarter outside the town walls.
- of a low economic or social class, especially when living in a shanty: shanty people.
- to inhabit a shanty.
Origin of shanty1
or chant·y, shan·tey, shan·ty
- a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work.
Origin of chantey
Examples from the Web for shanty
And then followed visions of the increased comfort to come to the shanty.
Would anybody have belaved it when we come with nothin' to the shanty?
Finally, it was discovered that the shanty was far too small a place for our banquet.
And now to revert more particularly to our home life in the shanty.
I brought out my relic of other days, and displayed it to the boys in the shanty.
- a ramshackle hut; crude dwelling
- Australian and NZ a public house, esp an unlicensed one
- (formerly, in Canada)
- a log bunkhouse at a lumber camp
- the camp itself
shantey US chanty or chantey (ˈʃæntɪ, ˈtʃæn-)
- a song originally sung by sailors, esp a rhythmic one forming an accompaniment to work
- the usual US spelling of shanty 2
Word Origin and History for shanty
"rough cabin," 1820, from Canadian French chantier "lumberjack's headquarters," in French, "timberyard, dock," from Old French chantier "gantry," from Latin cantherius "rafter, frame" (see gantry). Shanty Irish in reference to the Irish underclass in the U.S., is from 1928 (title of a book by Jim Tully).
"sea song," 1867, alternative spelling of chanty (n.).